Home Decor: Framing Heirloom Jewelry

When my grandmother was dying she took off a couple of her rings and gave them to me. Sadly, I was an irresponsible teenager and lost them somewhere between school and home. I was devastated and looked for hours in any grassy patch I could find but they were never to be found. They were gone forever. 10 years later when I was about to get married, my father gave me my grandmother’s wedding rings.

I had completely forgotten that he had them. I made sure I guarded them and kept them safe in my jewelry box. They mean a lot to my dad and that makes them mean more to me. They’re not really something I would wear and to be honest I would be scared to anyway, considering my last experience with wearing her jewelry, but I knew I didn’t want them sitting in a box anymore.

I had a stroke of genius when planning for a skeleton key project. I decided I was going to frame my grandmother’s wedding rings!

I used this $5 frame from Ikea.

I looked good and I was on the right track but it wasn’t exactly what I was envisioning. I thought it needed some pattern to make it pop. I took a trip to Joann’s to find some glitter for a Christmas craft and saw all of this awesome card stock and scrapbooking papers! Jvee helped me narrow it down and we decided to mix and match texture with pattern and came up with this.

I took my exacto-knife and cut out the background paper to fit the frame. Make sure you cut on a cutting mat or another protective surface!! You don’t want to scratch or cut the surface you’re working on. I use my old crafting table for this.

I then traced the patterned paper to the size of the boarder mat.

Check your paper to make sure everything is cut nicely and is how you want it.

Lay the frame flat with the mat inside so you can place the rings where you want them.

I left the thicker original mat behind the new patterned paper to give some added depth. I also added some extra scraps of cardboard to the back to make sure everything stayed tight in place with out having to adhere the rings to the paper using an adhesive.

Here it is! A unique and personal framed piece to display in my home.

Pet Portraits | DIY Wall Decor | Family Photos | Framing

My husband and I are proud parents to two gorgeous fur babies. These dogs are my life. They are about to turn 11 years old and I can’t imagine how all of these years would have been without them. I got them when I was 16  and they have been with me through every major event in my adult life.

Even though I take pictures for other people for a living, I don’t always feel like I take enough of my own family. When we moved into this apartment and started our plan for decorating I knew I wanted portraits of the pups. I started photographing them and loved the way these turned out – especially when framed. What I love is when you look closely you can see my reflection in their eyes. In a way it’s a picture of us together.

I picked up some Ikea frames for $30/each and prints from adoramapix.com

Framing family photos is always a great way to personalize a space. But,  if you want to give it a unique twist, try using photo editing software to crop digital pictures. You can crop to focus on different areas of the photos to create an abstract effect or even crop snapshots to give more of a portrait type feel. For these puppy portraits I used half of their faces on opposite sides to accomplish a cohesive and unique set.

I’m not sure where I want to put these yet. I’m thinking of making a grouping of frames above the sofa with our family photos and incorporating these. Or maybe above the fireplace. But for now they’re sitting on the mantle in a very unfinished living room.